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Currently I'm working on Autumn Leaves, My Favourite Things, general vamping exercises, dorian scale exercises. Constantly working on my bending and tongue blocking. Doesn't seem to be doing much good however.
My Manji in A doesn't have the sloping coverplate.
I quite like that design feature, similar to my Thunderbird. As well as the practicality of avoiding reed rattle, it's a neat ergonomic way of telling if your harp is the right way up.
Good start Andy.
If you do want to vamp, you need to have the core melody locked in first. If you try to do both with a new tune you're learning, the chances are you'll do neither very well...
Also, as much as I love vamping, in my opinion it can have the effect of making tunes sound too similar. It's no bad thing if you want to go a different direction and embellish the tune in your own unique way.
Found this topica sleep since the holidays I think ...
The past few days I've been working on that song ..."Yakety Axe"
I'm working on the charlie mccoy version. It's a hot popular sax tune from years ago.
he plays often in 2nd position in this case he uses 2 harps..each one "country tuned" C and F
Anybody out there already playing it ?
Any other stuff you're working on ?
No enlarged lower plate on keys above low F.
At least on mine.
I have a low D, enlarged cover on the bottom. I like it, and like the way me thumb lays on it, but I pucker. It was weird at first.
My higher key Manji has regular dimensioned cover plates.
Can anyone advise whether the Manji's in the higher registers have the slope on the left bottom. I'm finding this a little difficult to work around.
Comments on playing so far is that two draw bend is quite unresponsive, and I'm starting to notice faults in the sound, but this could be the change in my embrouchure because of the shape of the harp.
Here's an early attempt of Wabash Cannonball, on my favourite harp, the Hohner Meisterklasse. I'm struggling to do train sounds around it and vamp. I have no idea how Sarge does this to this tune, but I may have greater success in the higher register.
In absence of vamping I'm working on jazzing it up a little. We'll have to see how that works out.
Thanks for that, I'll study it. I think it'll be a while until I can get a double bend on that hole -never mind at the speed it would need to be. First thing though is to try and bring the 2 Draw up to where it should be. I'll have to ask the whistle players what they do when they need a note they don't have.
I have an old and broken Golden Cup to practice on first, even cheaper
If you're going to start tuning harmonicas, seems like an inexpensive harp like a Big River is a good one to try it out on. Sounds like an interesting project.
I don't know if you already have this but it does come in handy.
I see that it is the 3 double bend that you're referring to..perhaps re tuning is the way to go, but sooner or later hitting that note without retuning will come in mighty handy once you get the hang of it.
I bought a Hohner Big River in G (because that was what they had) so I could play 'Wabash Cannonball' -and now it seems 'Golden Slippers' as that has come up in our slow session and more or less fits withe the upper octave in G).
Any way 2 draw and 3 blow seem about a semitone apart on the Big River 2 draw is nearer D flat than D, as well as being weak and breathy and 3 blow is closer to D but a bit sharp.
The Big River as a whole seems about 15 cents sharp, in contrast my Marine Band which is more like 5, it says it's tuned to 440. Given the dubious tuning of a lot of our fiddles the general sharpness probably doesn't matter, but I would like to try and sort out the 2 draw. I want to raise 3 blow a tone to put the harp into Paddy Richter tuning, that low E seems pretty crucial for a lot of our tunes.
Thanks so much, Swapan and Harmlessonica. The video was all shot by Jeff, Swapan. Isn't it fun what you can do with home audio recording and video...
It's hard to beat that little bottle of blues mic for the price.
When I was asking for advice as to which type of mic to use.
I was told a bullet style for playing with elec guitars and what not. and a Shure Sm 58 for playing with acoustic and vocals . Sometimes you'll see people play harp through the bullet style and then the 58 style for vocals.
For the bullet style I use the Red Howler, not a particular favorite but I like the way that style fits the hands so nicely.
(with the other style it brings it also to the question of which mic stand preference etc)
....rereading your question I realize I must say "no I haven't used that particular mic that you were asking about..